Bone & Joint Structure: Hand Arches

The 3 arches of the hand, the proximal transverse arch, distal transverse arch, and longitudinal arch, allow the hand to conform to objects being held. This maximized the amount of surface contact which enhances stability and increases sensory input. Loss of these arches results in severe impairment in the functional use of the hands


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Lorie Richards and Janice Loudon, University of Kansas Medical Center, School of Allied Health,
Occupational and Physical Therapy Education, October 1997